You can probably find a great deal on a used Jeep Cherokee to take you on countless adventures. However, not every model year lives up to Jeep glory. Before you buy, make sure you avoid the worst used Jeep Cherokee models.
The Worst Jeep Cherokee Years
The 2015 Jeep Cherokee
Transmission problems plagued the 2015 Jeep Cherokee. Many drivers had issues while in traffic with the engine light turning on and receiving a Service Transmission message before their Jeeps failed to accelerate.
In some cases, the Jeep Cherokee wouldn’t start and emitted a nasty odor. In other cases, power steering and the brakes also went out.
This issue often involves headaches to fix as the transmission needs to be replaced or reflashed. Sometimes multiple software updates are required as well.
The transmission also seems to be slow and unresponsive. Drivers have noticed a delay in acceleration when pulling into traffic. Also, the transmission sounds loud and clunky when shifts finally occur.
The 2015 Jeep Cherokee also has interior issues. Loud beeping from various systems won’t turn off, lights fail to turn off, the touchscreen dies, and more.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee has even more reported problems than the 2015 model. Transmission problems seem to plague this model year.
The transmission is noted for being rough and jumpy. It lurches forward with loud grinding sounds and vibrates upon stopping.
It also seems to have a sluggish acceleration that makes pulling out into traffic very dangerous and has trouble correctly shifting gears to go uphill. There are problems with the failure to shift into reverse as well.
Some drivers experienced a sudden loss of power in traffic. They couldn’t get their Jeep Cherokees to accelerate at all. Then they wouldn’t restart and would have to be towed.
Dealerships attempt to fix this problem with software updates that have reports of failing to correct this issue and by replacing the transmission.
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee seems to struggle with a variety of engine issues. The main problem is that it shuts down while driving.
These Jeeps are from 2019, so the problems are occurring very early. They involve the engine losing power and shutting off while turning in traffic, going up minor hills, and more.
The battery light pops up before the 2019 Jeep Cherokee cuts off, and many people have had their batteries replaced to correct this issue.
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee has transmission issues as well. Drivers have reported hard, jerky shifts that are accompanied by loud grinding noises.
Drivers have experienced issues with their Jeeps as they try to shift into higher or lower gears. The transmission seems to get stuck, grind on metal, and be sluggish to accelerate.
This Jeep also is receiving a variety of reports for electrical issues. The Uconnect system can be unresponsive, the cluster display may go out, the cruise control accelerates downhill, and much more.
Hopefully, the 2020 or 2021 Jeep Cherokee has addressed these transmission, engine, and electrical issues. Until new information about newer model years comes out, be sure to avoid Jeep Cherokees from 2014, 2015, and 2019.